Working closely with the Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust

A caring environment, which is centred on love and respect


Our Staff





A warm welcome to the St Joseph’s RCVA Primary School.

With only 89 pupils St Joseph’s is the smallest primary school in Gateshead so our school really feels like a family. We work hard to create a loving, caring, Catholic environment, where our pupils feel supported, understood and valued. As well as Catholic pupils, we welcome families of all faiths and all those who are supportive of our ethos but do not have a faith affiliation.

Our exciting curriculum builds knowledge and skills through to Year 6 and prepares our pupils for their next stage. We work very closely with our feeder school St. Thomas More and BWCET Trust to ensure that your child gets a first class education.

Ms Bircham


Our Values

Our school motto is ‘Work hard, love and learn,’ which are the values that St. Joseph represented as a parent of Jesus. We aim to be like St. Joseph in all that we do.

  • We work hard and are encouraged to do our best by our friendly and caring staff.
  • We love each other by being good friends, supporting each other at all times and forgiving.
  • We learn new knowledge every day through our excellent curriculum.


We send out letters and newsletters on a regular basis to keep parents up to date with school decisions and progress.

At St Joseph's Highfield, we keep our parents, carers and families informed about upcoming events and celebrations of our children's successes. We regularly publish a newsletter, which is sent out electronically to all of our parents and is made available on this page. We also use Social media to share the very latest events, learning and religious celebrations that take place within our school.

Latest News

Year of the Prayer

In preparation for the 2025 Jubilee Year ‘Pilgrims of Hope’, 2024 has been designated a Year of Prayer. The Holy Father has asked that 2024 be year of prayer, as a preparatory year for the Jubilee. This beganin Advent 2023. In preparation for the Jubilee, dioceses are invited to promote initiatives to remind people of […]

First Communion Day

Congratulations to our pupil who received Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion today.

Gateshead Dance Festival

Our Year 2 class and KS2 dance club performed on Tuesday at Gateshead Dance Festival at the Glasshouse. They were amazing and we are very proud of them!